Although the Galaxy S21 Ultra’s camera app has a Pro mode, it only works on the phone’s main and ultra-wide cameras. The built-in Pro mode doesn’t support telephoto lenses on the device, but Samsung plans to change that with a new Expert RAW camera app.
Samsung has started rolling out the new Expert RAW camera app (via @FrontTron) for the Galaxy S21 Ultra on the Galaxy Store in its country of origin. The new app allows users to make full use of the phone’s main, ultra-wide, 3x telephoto and 10x telephoto cameras in Pro mode, giving them access to controls for exposure value, focus, ISO, shutter speed and white balance. These controls are available for photos and videos.
Supported in S21U on Android 12 or above.
Linear 16-bit DNG raw, lossless JPEG, HDR, ISO, shutter speed, EV, manual focus, white balance, histogram, UW, wide angle, tele (3x), tele (10x) pic.twitter.com/6VSuDQo9tE
– Tron (@FrontTron) November 24, 2021
Additionally, the new Samsung Expert RAW camera app lets you adjust highlights, shadows, saturation, and hue just like the original camera app on the Galaxy S21 Ultra. In addition, it gives you access to a histogram, offers HDR support, and can save images in Lossless JPG and 16-bit Linear DNG RAW formats.
At the moment, the new Expert RAW camera app is only available for the Galaxy S21 Ultra running One UI 4.0 based on Android 12. It is currently in beta, so you might run into some issues. But Samsung plans to release a stable version soon.
According to TizenHelp, the app will also be available for the Galaxy S21 Plus and Galaxy Tab S5E in the near future.
If you have a Galaxy S21 Ultra and have already updated to the stable One UI 4.0 version, you can download the Expert RAW Camera app by following the link above. Note that the camera app is also available on the Galaxy Store, but it appears to be online only in South Korea. Samsung could release it in other regions in the coming weeks.
Featured image: Screenshot of Expert RAW application list via TizenHelp
Update: The message has been updated to correct a translation error. As of yet, Samsung has not shared any plans to release the app for older Samsung phones.